Comforting view of park life from a bench

Wang Rongjiang
A park bench is a mini-stage set up for city life dramas and Shine photographer Wang Rongjiang has spent 18 months recording these moments.
Wang Rongjiang

Yellow benches are common in Shanghai parks but through the lens of Shine photographer, Wang Rongjiang, a park bench is a mini-stage set up for city life dramas. Wang has strolled through Changfeng Park more than 30 times over the past 18 months to capture the moments of joy shared by the city folk’s friends and families. What do you usually do on a park bench?

Comforting view of park life from a bench
Wang Rongjiang / SHINE

Checking their phones while someone hides his face from the world.

Comforting view of park life from a bench
Wang Rongjiang / SHINE

A splash of color as a family take a break for refreshments.

Comforting view of park life from a bench
Wang Rongjiang / SHINE

His first car? A boy gets in the driving seat.

Comforting view of park life from a bench
Wang Rongjiang / SHINE

Blowing bubbles captured on camera.

Comforting view of park life from a bench
Wang Rongjiang / SHINE

The power of flight as a drone takes to the sky. 

Comforting view of park life from a bench
Wang Rongjiang / SHINE

Just imagine the stories these old folks could tell. 

Comforting view of park life from a bench
Wang Rongjiang / SHINE

A time to eat, a time to study.

Comforting view of park life from a bench
Wang Rongjiang / SHINE

The next generation enjoy their outing to the park.

Comforting view of park life from a bench
Wang Rongjiang / SHINE

A different angle on life.

Comforting view of park life from a bench
Wang Rongjiang / SHINE

Sunshine and fresh air for the old and the young.

Comforting view of park life from a bench
Wang Rongjiang / SHINE

Lots to laugh about in spite of everything.

Comforting view of park life from a bench
Wang Rongjiang / SHINE

Sharing a park bench. 

Comforting view of park life from a bench
Wang Rongjiang / SHINE

A family portrait to look back on after the pandemic. 

Comforting view of park life from a bench
Wang Rongjiang / SHINE

Workers find time to take a break.

Comforting view of park life from a bench
Wang Rongjiang / SHINE

A happy family enjoy something on the phone. 

Comforting view of park life from a bench
Wang Rongjiang / SHINE

Red is the color of choice for this pair.

Comforting view of park life from a bench
Wang Rongjiang / SHINE

One boy has made short work of his candyfloss ...

Comforting view of park life from a bench
Wang Rongjiang / SHINE

Keeping the little ones amused. 


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